Westbank and Creative Energy realize that climate change is a problem that we cannot ignore. When we develop new buildings that will stand for decades to come, we have a responsibility to design and construct them to respond to the economic and environmental realities of the 21st century. The Mirvish Village Neighbourhood Energy System (NES) will bring affordable, resilient, and low carbon energy service to the residents of Mirvish Village. The system will be capable of expanding to serve other new and existing buildings in the neighbourhood
Owned and operated by Creative Energy, Westbank’s energy system company, the Mirvish Village NES will offer a flexible platform that reduces operational costs, risk to tenants, and offers public benefits in the form of greenhouse gas reductions. The system will rationalize space and capital for energy infrastructure. Due to its scale, the NES will also allow for alternative energy technologies that will reduce energy cost risk, lower carbon emissions, and increase energy resiliency over time. The sustainable design approach for Mirvish Village will encompass a range of solutions to achieve environmental, social, cultural, and economic sustainability in a complete compact community. Mirvish Village will target the requirements of LEED Platinum ND and Toronto Green Standard for Tier 2.
Mirvish Village will support economic and environmental sustainability, healthy living and community building through a number of urban agriculture initiatives. Community gardens will promote the enjoyment and health benefits of gardening and foster strong community bonds and educational opportunities. A seasonal farmers market will be an extension of the Mirvish Village Market, spilling onto Markham Street. Rooftop gardens will allow residents the opportunity to grow their own food and promote healthy lifestyles while creating opportunities for social interaction.
Cycling & Transit
Mirvish Village will cultivate bike culture for a diverse community of riders. A wide range of services and facilities will encourage residents and visitors to use their bikes and help develop a thriving bike culture. Situated between both the Harbord bike lanes and the future Bloor Street bike lanes, Mirvish Village will be a safe and accessible destination for casual cyclists and regular commuters alike. A range of bike share solutions are being explored to provide residents and the public with easy access to bicycles without the hassle of ownership. Partnerships with public bike share operators, biking groups and an on-site bike shop will cater to a complete community of riders. Residents and visitors alike will have access to state-of-the-art bike parking and a free full-time bike valet service that will focus on convenience, managing the storage and retrieval of bikes.
Mirvish Village will support a walkable transit-oriented lifestyle and make better use of existing transit infrastructure. The site is well served by transit, including the Bathurst Subway station, street cars along Bathurst Street and local bus routes. Mirvish Village will be a truly pedestrian-oriented neighbourhood, offering a diverse range of services and amenities beyond what already exists in the area today. By providing alternative transit options, residents of Mirvish Village are encouraged to reduce car ownership and car dependence. Reducing car dependence will help support our sustainability goals and promote healthy lifestyles.